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  • Prairie Coreopsis

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Coreopsis palmata

    COMMON NAMES: Prairie Coreopsis, Tickseed, Stiff Coreopsis, Stiff Tickseed, Prairie Tickseed, Wedgeleaf Coreopsis, Finger Coreopsis

    BLOOM TIME: June, July, Aug


    • Narrow rigid stem plant 1-2 ½ ft. tall.
    • Flower heads on individual stalks with 8 yellow petals in rays.         
    • Flower edges are toothed.
    • Preferred sites are prairies, open woods & savannas.
    • The Mesquakie boiled the seeds & drank the brew.
    • Some tribes applied boiled seeds to skin to relieve rheumatism.


    • The nectar and pollen of the flowerheads attract many kinds of insects because of their abundance and accessibility.
    • Rabbits, groundhogs, deer, horses and livestock occasionally browse on the foliage.